I stayed in room 11 at Alguer 8-12 Aug 2013 for EUR85/night/single incl b/f booked on Booking.com.
I loved Alguer! I arrived exhausted after a long trip from Palau by public transport (*) to a lovely friendly welcome from Mario together with a piccolo of spumante in my room - gosh how did he know I needed that? I could have kissed Mario :-) Indeed all the family were really kind and hospitable and as single traveller I really appreciated some nice friendly chats. Thank you. Mario explained the facilities etc really well and spoke great English - helped a lot.
I was upgraded to a double room so I was really lucky to get an awesome spacious room, with lovely balcony with view of the neighbourhood (loved the mini washing line with pegs on the balcony - everyone needs this yet no hotels supply it), great A/C but note the bed is very hard if that concerns you. The garden courtyard was a joy to sit in and have breakfast. Nice start to the day. I had everything I needed - cereal, yoghurt, delicious crunchy rolls, cheese and croissants with individually made cappuccinos - I was happy as Larry.
FYI - 2 large supermarkets close by open all day, approx 800m walk along the beach to the historical Old Town. Sunset drinks between 7.30pm and 8.30pm from one of the bars along the Old Town walls is a MUST in summer - the sunset over Capo Caccia is the most glorious I have seen in my life. I was totally gobsmacked. Drinks/dinner is expensive though - if you are on budget, just go to one of the beach bars along the promenade and they are half the price (yeah, I found that out on my last day, 4 days to late :-)
Rather than take a boat out to Grotto Nettuno, take the bus from Via Catalogna (by the park in the Alghero Old Town) to Capo Caccia. (Dep 0920 in August, EUR4.50 return 1200 or 1605 approx 50 mins). It goes via a great tourist route and you get to see the lovely Porto Conte - reported as the most beautiful bay in Sardinia and you go past the popular beaches Bombarde & Lazzaretto if you want to go there on your way back. At the final Capo Caccia bus stop you can then walk down the 400 or so steps to the entrance of the Grotto Nettuno - wow, its really worth it. Again the view from Capo Caccia back over to Porto Conte was just amazing. Alghero and surrounds was just so beautiful. I saw the photos online but it was even better in real life.
I also did a day trip to Bosa Citta to visit the Castello Malaspina - again bus departs from Via Catalogna in the Alghero Old Town (Departs 0930, 1050, 1405 in August, 1 hour, EUR6.50 return. Bus returns 1650, 1825). It was a great day out - totally worth it and you can do it without a car. (Had a fantastic lunch at "La Caffeteria" Piazza Costituzione in Via Vittorio Emanuel, Bosa - "Trufie con Porcini e Gamberie" EUR13 - handmade spiral pasta with porcini mushrooms and prawns - gosh a simple dish but I still think about it ... )
As you can tell Alghero was the best surprise of my 1 month in Italy. I've been to Italy now 8 times since 2007 & seen 15 out of 20 regions and did not expect such a beautiful, clean, picturesque town. So happy I made the effort to do the trip down to Alghero and didnt just stop at La Maddalena & Costa Smeralda - I would really have missed out.
(*) Getting from Palau to Alghero was NOT as painful as I thought by bus - I took bus from Palau Port to Santa Teresa around 1.38pm (around 34km/30mins, EUR2.50) then I took the Digitur bus from Santa Teresa bus station to Alghero Airport at 3pm (133km/around 2.5 hours/EUR16). From the airport I took a taxi to the hotel - 8km/EUR22.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The recently constructed Hotel Alguer is in an ideal position near two of the main roads of Alghero. Just a few minutes from the International Airport Riviera del Corallo (Alghero-Fertilia), the most beautiful and famous sites along the coast and easy access to the roads that lead to other well known coastal or inland areas of Sardinia. The hotel has 12 rooms, 2 of which are structured to accommodate disabled. All of them have private bathroom with window, 11 have a balcony. The rooms have independent air conditioning, minibar, direct phone line, satellite and digital TV, safe, direct phone line, hairdryer, Internet WiFi that allows you to navigate and work. The off-street parking is free. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alguer Hotel Alghero
- Hotel Alguer Alghero, Sardinia